There are a few rites of passage in the OKC Metro that not only signal one’s transition from childhood to adulthood, but are straight up silly. You know, like doing 21 shots on your birthday. There are bars that will say that they won’t serve you that many. But as a person who has been cut off twice in one visit at The Mont, I can say that you can totally get away with the 21 shots. Anyway, that’s not what I’m talking about today. Today I’m talking about my favorite rite of passage–the trip to Ziggyz when you turn 18.
What is it about dusty porn and glass blown pipes that are so damn cool? Who doesn’t love shelves and shelves of bongs that are for “tobacco use only?” Well, apparently a lot of government agencies don’t like them. According to KFOR.com:
Remember when those racist OU frat boys sang that catchy tune on a bus about hanging black people from trees and how they’ll never be SAEs? Forgot about it, huh?
Well, one of those frat boys was Levi Pettit. A few days after being identified, he met privately with the Oklahoma City African-American community where he apologized, asked for forgiveness, promised to read Invisible Man, listen to Charlie Christian, and all that good stuff.
Following that meeting, Levi then addressed the media via a very controlled press conference in Northeast Oklahoma City. There, with the African-American community leaders behind him, he admitted his mistake, took responsibility for his actions, apologized, and said he was a changed man before likely flying out of the country to get a face change operation and a new identity.
I bring this up because it was all part of well thought out and calculated PR strategy, a term that volunteer Tulsa county deputy and infamous taser confuser Robert Bates has never heard of.
Last Friday, Deputy Oops-That’s-Not-A-Taser appeared on The Today Show to discuss how he mistook a taser for a gun and accidentally killed Eric Harris during a police sting operation. While surrounded by either his family or a group of massage therapists that he found shopping for wall ornaments at the neighborhood Hobby Lobby, Bates used the opportunity to apologize and explain that accidentally killing a man was either the first or second worst thing that’s ever happened in his life.
Here’s the video:
Well, that was awful. I know hindsight is 20/20, but if you can’t handle an interview with Matt Lauer, you probably shouldn’t be running around town pretending to be licensed deputy. Seriously, what did we just watch? Was he apologizing for killing a man or promoting his family’s new massage parlour of sadness? Also, doesn’t his lawyer look a bit too much like Stuart Smalley and Willem Dafoe’s love child? I almost expected the lawyer to look off into a mirror next to the couch and say “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!” while the music from Platoon plays in the background.
As if his blundered apology wasn’t bad enough, Bates – who, mind you, has been charged with manslaughter – decided to show everyone how remorseful he really is when he asked a judge if it was okay for him to go on a planned family vacation to the Bahama’s while on bail. Because we live in a strange place called “Oklahoma,” the judge said “Why Not?”
From USA Today:
Dreams do come true!
Farewell, jokes about Liam Neeson. Good bye, Etch-A-Sketch used to draw-up out-of-bounds plays.
Scott Brooks is out as the coach of Oklahoma City Thunder. Earlier today, Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news on Twitter:
Oklahoma City has fired coach Scott Brooks, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 22, 2015
Here was my immediate reaction:
Norman Music Festival is back. And I don’t just mean in the sense that it starts this week, I mean it’s actually back. A year ago I was a vocal critic of NMF, and wrote something that declared the Center of the Universe in Tulsa as the best music fest experience in Oklahoma. But a whole lot can change in a year.
While CotU was busy booking that band you kind of liked in high-school, Norman Music Fest has quietly put together a lineup of all the best bands in the OK/TX region and topped it off with some solid headliners. One of my biggest complaints in 2014 was that NMF really dropped the ball with how they booked the out-of-state talent (how Diarrhea Planet didn’t headline 2014 is a mystery that will never be solved), and they essentially put together a festival of Oklahoma bands playing in front of people who didn’t know any better. But in 2015, NMF has not only managed to convince Ra Ra Riot to come play and bring a big-name dance party authenticity to the fest, but also booked Natalie Prass as the pre-headliner at the perfect time in her career as she seems poised to break out into a mega-star any day now.
My other complaint about NMF in 2014 was how out of touch they seemed to be. The biggest things happening in Oklahoma music exist on the americana and hip-hop spectrums. There is an entire outdoor main stage dedicated to Americana/singer-songwriter/alt-country bands every year at NMF, but hip-hop is usually misrepresented and sloppily thrown together in the back of a small room with no foot traffic. But in 2015, they’ve got it right. There is a new outdoor stage at this year’s festival that is dedicated to hip-hop and EDM that I think will be the biggest success of the weekend and will make the organizers wonder why they didn’t try this sooner.
So I have bought all the way back in to Norman Music Festival. This is the eighth year they have done NMF and it’s also the one I am the most cautiously optimistic about attending. I have been to all the previous years, and have put together a list of do’s and don’ts to make your experience as good as possible.
DO wear your bulletproof vest.
As we all know by now, a group of radical rednecks are going to be parading around Main Street showcasing their second amendment rights and wrongs in an area of excessive drinking and casual drug use. The NMF organizers tried to fight this, but where some festivals are able to ban something as stupid as selfie sticks, the judges in Oklahoma don’t give a shit if your view of Chelsey Cope’s legs is being obscured by a drunk person’s AK-47 waving in the wind. Imagine how much worse the Christina Fallin incident of 2014 could have been if people knew they were allowed to bring guns to the show; it’s pretty terrifying. Here’s hoping for a safe weekend and that the only guns we see belong to Jacob Abello.
If you haven’t watched Silicon Valley yet, I highly recommend ditching that spreadsheet you’re working on, logging into HBO Go, then spending the rest of your afternoon getting caught up. It’s the smart, quirky show that Big Bang Theory fans only think they’re watching. I also enjoy it because it gives me a peek into a world that I will never, ever be involved with. Sure, it’s fun to imagine what I’d do with my millions, or picture myself showing up to board meetings in rumpled clothes just to say “shove it” as payback to a company I’ve been salty with. I think I could really pull off a power suit and a pair of Louboutins. But alas, I don’t know the difference (or if there even is a difference) between Java and HTML, so my future in technology is basically limited to whatever new app the Today Show recommends I get.
You know who else probably has no future in the tech business? These bros who stabbed each other over an iPhone vs. Android debate. (PS I realize that might have been the worst transition ever).
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